Archive for July, 2010
We’re always on the lookout for new, ear-grabbing talent here at LFC HQ, so when it falls in our lap via a perfunctory MySpace browse, it makes it all the more exciting.
We came across new London band Pushing Hands the other day whilst surfing the aforementioned site, and what immediately struck us was their nonchalant, laid back way around a catchy, perfectly formed pop song. Take for example “Cold Hands”, by all accounts an indie hit in waiting, it’s all over in under three minutes and guaranteed to stick in your head a hell of a lot longer.
Their influences range from seminal US Indie of the 90s (Yo La Tengo, Pavement) to current UK favourites Bombay Bicycle Club and The Maccabees, with singer Freddie Webb’s delicate croon certainly coming across Jack Steadman or Orlando Weeks at times (Think BBC’s “Always Like This” or The Maccabees’ “Toothpaste Kisses”). This is of course no bad thing in itself, and with more songs the quality of the three available to the public at the moment, it won’t be long until Pushing Hands are referenced when bloggers and journos attempt to describe bands of the future.
As far as we can see, they’ve played one gig to date – a well received debut show at Hoxton’s Underbelly earlier this month – and in line with what we’ve always tried to do, we’ve attempted to strike whilst the iron is hot and have invited them to play our next show at The Lock Tavern on Thursday 19 August. Alongside their scheduled live set, they’ll also be playing some of their favourite records later on, so get your slacker rock hat on and head on down the disco. We’ll see you there.
Ice Black Birds are a busy bunch over the next ten days or so – they’re set to play three shows at Secret Garden Party this weekend (Thu, Fri & Sat), followed by a Friday evening slot at the fabulous Farm Festival in Bruton next weekend. If you’ve got tickets to either, do pay them a visit. They’re also in doing a special warm-up show for both jaunts at The Boileroom in Guildford this evening – if you’re blessed with fortuitous proximity, head on over.
The Evil Stairs is the new project of singer / guitarist Rory Thomas, previously of promising London group The Light Brigade – which included members of the currently much talked about Anglo-American trio Lunar Youth.
Taking their cue from established noir-pop bands such as Interpol, The National and Joy Division and mixing it with the brashness of classic alt-rock groups such as Sonic Youth and Fugazi, they create, in their own words, ‘an unusual and exciting blend of guitar driven music’ – one that unrelentingly draws the listener in.
They’ve got an ace up their sleeve in Thomas’ vocal delivery, too, which is something that may well set them apart from the plethora of bands using similar reference points. Displaying the intensity we’ve come to associate with Messrs. Curtis or Banks, it also comes across as all laid back and nonchalant – often within the space of the same song. As far as interesting vocalists go, you might file him next to Jack Steadman (Bombay Bicycle Club) or David Jones (Departure / NewIslands).
After hearing their MySpace demos a few months back, we were so impressed we invited them to play at our last Lock Tavern showcase at the end of June, to see if they could do the whole thing live (they could). Definitely a band to check out live if you get a chance, they’re scheduled to play some London shows in the next few weeks (full dates here). In the meantime, whet your appetite by checking out this exclusive demo below:
MP3: The Evil Stairs – Get Out Of Jail Free Card (Demo)
Back in March, we toured with a Brooklyn band called The Aviation Orange all the way from New York to Austin, where they played a series of showcases at SXSW.
Their melodic, synth pop sound, much like Hot Fuss era Killers, references seminal British groups of the 1980s (Smiths, Echo & The Bunnymen, New Order), and has led to critical acclaim from venerable press outlets in their native NYC – not to mention their video for ‘Radio’ being rotated heavily on MTV last year and notching up over 20,000 hits on YouTube.
Their self-titled, self-released debut has been out for some time (available from our good friends at RethinkPopMusic, where you can also download ‘Darling Johnny’ for free), but they’ve just posted a new track online called ‘Trammels’ which is a taster from their forthcoming EP, out later this year if it all goes to plan.
Relaxed, nonchalant boy-girl vocals, chiming guitar lines and an alarmingly catchy “oh-oh” refrain. It’s very good. Listen to it below: